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Help Save Healthy Adoptable Kittens from Euthanasia

There is an extreme animal over-population crisis in South Florida. Hundreds of cats & dogs are turned into the shelter on a daily basis and because there are no homes for them many are put to sleep. This includes many healthy, adoptable kittens.

We are going for $25k in Pepsi Refresh to save hundreds of these kittens from euthanasia by pulling them from the shelter and transporting them to areas in the country where there is a demand for adoptable kittens. You can help just by voting!

Voting runs from 6/1 through 6/30 and is a DAILY vote. You can vote a minimum 3 times per day as follows:

1) By Phone: Text 106873 to Pepsi (73774)
2) Online with your email address: http://vote4cats.com. When you login select “Pepsi Account”
3) Online with your Facebook account: http://vote4cats.com. When you login select “Connect With Facebook”

Power Voting: Power vote codes are found on specially marked Pepsi products with each code giving you up to 100 votes! If you drink Pepsi please donate the codes to us by email so we can make sure they are used! If you know family, friends or coworkers that drink Pepsi but can’t vote please ask them to donate the codes to us!

Please also vote for our animal rescue alliance at http://vote4animals.com

Thank you!

Lost Cat: Coconut Grove

LOST CAT (Coconut Grove, FL) BLACK & WHITE Missing since Friday, 5/6/11.She is full-grown but on the smaller side. She has been spayed, tested and has all of her shots. HER EAR IS TIPPED AND SHE IS MISSING A PATCH OF HAIR ON THE BACK OF HER NECK. She does NOT have a problem with her eye as it appears in this bad photo. She lives in the Coconut Grove area and was an outside cat in the neighborhood of the 3100 Block of Mary Street. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION. 949-395-9995

Featured Feline: Richie

This weeks Featured Feline is Richie. Richie is looking for that special someone who will welcome him into their life to be their lifetime companion. If you would like more information about Richie, please contact his foster parent Maria L. through The Cat Network at 305-255-3482 and ask for Richie. More info: http://j.mp/richie_mlt

Drive thru Canine Distemper Prevention Vaccination and Awareness

Drive thru Distemper Prevention Vaccination and Awareness At Miami-Dade Animal services department

Is your pet protected?

In an effort to raise awareness about Canine Distemper, Animal Services is hosting a Drive-thru Distemper Prevention Event on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from 9 am to 3 pm at the shelter located at 7401 NW 74 Street, Miami, FL, 33166.

Volunteer veterinarians will provide free Distemper/Parvo vaccination to dogs between the ages of 2 months and 1 year of age.  Canine Distemper (and Parvo Virus) can be fatal in unvaccinated puppies and dogs.  These viruses are becoming more dangerous in our community and vaccination is essential.  Animal Services encourages all pet owners to regularly vaccinate, identify and sterilize their pets.  A healthy pet is a happy pet.  Other services provided at the shelter are rabies vaccination, microchipping and sale of dog license tags.  For additional information and services, please visit www.miamidade.gov/animals

WHAT:      Drive-thu Distemper Prevention Day (stay in your car!)

WHO: Miami-Dade Animal Services Department

WHEN: Sunday, March 6th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:    Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter – 7401 NW 74 ST – Miami, FL 33166

Volunteers will give out preventive care information. Donations of $3 are welcome to cover the cost of the vaccine, but not mandatory.  Donations of dog and/or cat toys are appreciated.

ASPCA Partnership Allocates $139,000 Grant to Miami-Dade County to help homeless cats & dogs!

ASPCA Commits Valuable Resources to Help Miami-Dade Homeless Animals
February 04,2011
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced it will provide Miami-Dade County with a $139,000 grant dedicated to providing positive outcomes for Miami-Dade’s at-risk and homeless dogs and cats.
The grant, which is part of the ASPCA Partnership launched in October 2010, will help the partner agencies by:
  • Enlisting veterinary medicine professionals to help identify areas for improvement in the spay/neuter clinic;
  • Improving shelter medicine protocols;
  • Fine-tuning agency operations;
  • Adding special adoption events for the coming seasons;
  • Funding a staff position to increase the number of lost pets reunited with their owners, and
  • Investing funds in the form of additional grants so that successful programs can continue to impact the future.
“The purpose of the ASPCA Partnership is to reach out to those communities that need our help the most,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The Miami-Dade community faces a number of challenges, specifically an overpopulation of at-risk animals and a municipal shelter that is over capacity, but if the partners and community work together, we can continue the lifesaving trend and improve the lives of the county’s homeless dogs and cats.”
The ASPCA Partnership organizations include Miami-Dade Animal Services (the only public, open admission public shelter); the Humane Society of Greater Miami (a private, not-for-profit limited admission, adoption-guaranteed facility); and The Cat Network (a local spay/neuter, TNR and adoption group). Miami-Dade County was chosen for its leadership and strong, collaborative infrastructure.
“More animals were adopted in Miami-Dade in 2010 than ever before, but our success continues to pale in comparison to our challenges,” said Dr. Sara Pizano, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services. “We are looking forward to launching improved programs and protocols in 2011 that will increase adoptions, reunite a greater number of lost pets with owners, and increase spay/neuter opportunities for the 37,000 animals expected to enter area shelters this year.”
In addition to Miami-Dade County, Fla., the ASPCA’s current Partner Communities are Austin, Texas; Buncombe County, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Shelby County, Ala.; Spokane, Wash.; and Tampa, Fla. The ASPCA’s investment in these partnerships—in the form of direct grants, capacity-building, training, ASPCA staff expertise, and strategic planning—varies from a one- to five-year period to address homeless animal issues in each community. Since the ASPCA began its Partner Community program in 2007, close to a million animals have been adopted, returned to owners, or spay/neutered as a result of the exceptional collaboration among partner agencies in each community.

Happy New Year from The Cat Network

As you may have read, The Cat Network has had a record year in terms of accomplishments. We spayed and neutered over 6,000 felines; we entered into a Community Partnership with ASPCA, Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adoptapet and Miami-Dade Animal Services; and we have rescued/adopted many hundreds of cats and kittens.  We have also produced our inaugural Le Chat Noir Fundraising event and our inaugural COLOR newsletter.  All this was possible thanks to all of you who donated hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars.

However, there is so much, much more to do in 2011 and years to come if we are to make a dent in the population of stray, feral and free-roaming cats in Miami-Dade County.  We can and will do it with your help.  We need your heart, your hands, and your donations.  Since we are a 501(c)3 non-profit; your financial donations are tax-deductible. Also, you may also deduct some of your volunteer activities. Please consult your tax accountant for details.  You can donate right now online at:

The Board of Directors of the Cat Network hopes that each and everyone of you has a wonderful New Year’s weekend. We look forward to working hand in hand with you all in 2011!!

Happy New Year,
Charlene Grall, President, The Cat Network, Inc

A Special End of Year Update From The Cat Network

Dear Cat Network Friends,

The last few years have been a trying not only for people, but for our feline friends as well. Shelters across the country experienced an unprecedented increase in pet surrenders. Economic woes forced owners who could no longer afford pet care costs, or who were forced out of their homes due to foreclosure, to reluctantly give up their beloved animals.  Euthanasia rates increased as adoption rates dropped significantly.  The Cat Network, Inc. has made every effort to persevere during these difficult times.  Our mobile surgical unit, the Miami Meow Mobile, ventured on a summer excursion aptly titled, “Beat the Heat Tour,” just in time for the peak of mating season.

Veterinarian Dr. Mark Kramer, and his veterinary technician, Eliana Ardila, traveled on the Miami Meow Mobile all throughout Miami-Dade County sterilizing cats in locations as far south as Homestead and as far north as Aventura.  Scores of people turned out at each of the events prompting more and more dates and locations to be added.  This unexpected success, and increasing demand for more spayathons, led to tour being extended all year round.  In 2009, there were 1,600 sterilizations held on the Miami Meow Mobile.  This year we are pleased to announce that 2,255 spays/neuters were done on the MMM at 72 different events.

In an effort to bring more attention to our worthy cause, The Cat Network, Inc. has formed partnerships with the City of Sunny Isles, City of Miami Beach, and City of Miami.  In July 2009, The Cat Network, Inc.  received a commendation from the City of Miami in recognition of our hard work and dedication. City officials are working closely with us to help advertise spayathons scheduled in their respective cities.  The City of Hialeah has recently joined the effort and will be welcoming the Miami Meow Mobile shortly.   The Cat Network, Inc. will continue reaching out to other cities to address the specific needs of individual communities.  One such example is the Miami Beach 3000 initiative which is a targeted spay/neuter program to sterilize 3,000 cats within a year.

The Cat Network, Inc. also held its annual Wild Cat Round Up in honor of National Feral Cat Day. Thanks to sponsorship by generous donors, certificate prices sold at a reduced cost.   Alfie’s Angel Fund also continues to assist those who need financial help sterilizing cats in their care, partially funded through generous donations.  Thanks to Vincent Crupi and Jill Steinberg we received a $20,000 grant through on-line voting and texting.  We also received $25,000 through the Florida Animal Fund grant which will allow The Cat Network, Inc., the ability to get into the community and provide low-cost surgeries to those in need.  We also reached out to Last Chance Rescue and 449 kittens were transferred into loving homes in the northeast.  Le Chat Noir, the pet project of Christine Michaels, helped bring awareness of the plight of the black cat into the media realm.

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the last two years, is the recently formed partnership with the ASPCA, Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Adopt-A-Pet.  Theses amazing accomplishments would not be possible without the volunteer efforts of our members who dedicate their free time and resources to sterilizing stray and feral cats.  We certainly hope it is evident to all our supporters that The Cat Network, Inc. and its volunteers are more committed than ever to ending the cat overpopulation problem. On behalf of The Cat Network, Inc. Board of Directors, and the volunteer membership, we thank all those who so generously give to our important cause so we can continue helping the cats in our community.

If you would like to make a donation to help homeless cats, please click here.  Remember, donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

Thank you and Happy New Year,

The Cat Network

Found Cat in Zoo Miami Area

FOUND CAT (Near Zoo Miami): Grey/white young friendly female was limping from right hind leg (seems like old injury). She’s approx. 6-9 mos. No ear tip but vet seems to think she’s spayed. Seems a good weight and healthy skin. Tested neg for FIV/leuk. If anyone recognizes her, please contact Patty via The Cat Network (305) 255-3482 or email info@thecatnetwork.org.

Featured Feline: Mei Ling

This weeks Featured Feline is Mei Ling. Mei Ling is hoping to find her loving forever home. To be loved and cared for is her happiest dream and hopes it will come true. If you would like more information about Mei Ling, please contact her foster parent via email at Rosemarie K. or through The Cat Network at 305-255-3482 and ask for Mei Ling.

Featured Feline: Jake

This weeks Featured Feline is Jake. Jake is a super sweet male hoping to find his forever home. he love affection and is a great lap cat. Jake is FIV+ and therefore will need to be an only cat or a companion for another FIV+ cat. If you would like more information about Jake, please contact his foster parent via email at Annay V. or through The Cat Network at 305-255-3482 and ask for Jake.